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Adventures of the SymbolicPost-marxism and Radical Democracy$
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Warren Breckman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231143943

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231143943.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Post-Marxism and the Symbolic Turn

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Adventures of the Symbolic
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Warren Breckman

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DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231143943.003.0008

This book narrates the history of post-Marxism as the adventure of the symbolic. Post-Marxism involves a confrontation between the relatively rigid semiotic concept of the symbolic order and looser, less formulaic and less deterministic ideas of the symbolic. These more open concepts tap the complicated legacy of the symbolic turn, a history with roots deeper than the twentieth century. In the context of the convergence of Marxism's eclipse and the decline of foundational principles, this book evaluates the prospects for regenerating critical social and political philosophy beyond the Marxist framework, as well as the possibilities of creating and sustaining a positive emancipatory project. To do so, it draws on a series of historically and philosophically informed studies of several major thinkers who confront us with contrasting approaches to the challenges of political philosophy in the postfoundational and post-Marxist context. These figures include Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek.

Keywords:   post-Marxism, symbolic order, symbolic turn, Marxism, political philosophy, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe

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